Portus in the news!

Jul. 9th, 2008 | 12:15 pm
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

Portus is on the front page of the Dallas Morning News. You can check out the eArticle here.

Also, listen for Portus on Austin NPR's channel 90.5 at noon on July 9th!

Stay tuned for additional Portus news. We're less than 10 hours away!

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The last LIVE Portus chat is tonight!

Jul. 1st, 2008 | 10:02 am
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

Countdown the weeks and days until Portus by joining your fellow attendees and the Portus chairs for the last live chat before Portus!

Discuss everything from your best Quidditch strategy to your theory on the deconstruction of magic theology in Book 7. The Portus Live Chats are also a great way to talk to the Portus chairs about the latest programming and ask questions about anything and everything Portus.

The Portus Live chat will be taking place via Yahoo Instant Messenger from 8pm to 10pm Eastern Daylight Time tonight - Tuesday, July 1st.

To participate in the chats, you will need to have yahoo messenger and a username, which you can download for free here: http://messenger.yahoo.com/

The moderator for the chat will have the username of PortusPublicRelations. To join the chat, send an instant message to PortusPublicRelations requesting access to the chat and you will receive a notification inviting you to the chat. Press "Accept" and you'll be chatting with the rest of us in no time!

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Portus Live Chats, please feel free to email us at pr@portus2008.org.

We hope to see you there!

Best Regards,
Aziza Aba Butain
Chair of Public Relations

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Reminder: The Portus Bookfair is this weekend!

Jun. 20th, 2008 | 09:13 am
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

On June 20th, 21st, and 22nd, Barnes & Noble will host a Bookfair benefiting Portus & HP Education Fanon. Every purchase made that day and attributed as a Portus/HPEF purchase will have a portion of the sale donated to Portus/HPEF. You may purchase anything in the store or anything available through the store to have shipped to your home.*

Do you have books, CDs, or DVDs you want to buy? Save your purchase for the above days! When you make a purchase at a participating Barnes & Noble during those days and use the Bookfair voucher or the Portus Bookfair number 310268, a portion of your sale will go back to Portus/HPEF to help us continue our literacy endeavors.

Here’s how you can help…

  1. Go to any Barnes & Noble and shop for any product you wish to buy, including books, CDs, DVDs, gift product, magazines, and café items.* When you go to the cash registers, give the cashier your Portus voucher or the Portus Bookfair number 310268, and make your purchase. You must have the voucher or Portus Bookfair number to have your purchase count towards the Portus Bookfair. Feel free to use your Barnes & Noble Membership card or Educator Discount card to save on your purchase. Don’t forget to use the voucher/Bookfair number at the Barnes & Noble Café, too! Every purchase counts!
  2. Call our designated Barnes & Noble host store at 817/472-7559 to make a purchase over the phone. To get your list of product ready for the phone order, you may go to your local Barnes & Noble and make a list of titles and ISBNs (the 10- or 13- digit book number unique to each book) or UPCs (product number unique to CDs and DVDs) you wish to purchase, OR you can browse online at BN.com for your list of titles. Then call the store, ask for the Portus phone order bookseller, and have them place your order. You may use your Barnes & Noble Membership card to save on your purchase. Give the bookseller your shipping address (which must be the same zip code as the billing address), and make your purchase over the phone using your credit card or Barnes & Noble gift card. (You must have the gift card or credit card available and have the security code and billing zip code.) Orders will be shipped directly to you. In addition, if your order is over $25, shipping is free!

 

For added fun in the DFW metroplex, join HPDFW on Saturday, June 21st at the Parks at Arlington Barnes & Noble for the HPDFW First Birthday Party! Details to come.

As an additional literacy benefit, make a purchase from our Wish List table at the Parks at Arlington location, and donate the book to LIFT, our designated auction charity, to help two organizations at once!

Want to help even more? Forward this information to your friends, family, co-workers, or anyone you think would make a purchase to support Portus and encourage them to make a purchase. Again, anything* available at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore is eligible for the Bookfair.

Please note that only sales made through a participating Barnes & Noble will count towards our Bookfair. Online purchases are NOT eligible for the Bookfair.

Any questions? Please contact our host Bookfair Barnes & Noble at 817-472-7559 or post on the Portus message board, and we will promptly reply. Thank you for your support.

*Gift card and Membership card, as well as magazine subscriptions and textbooks, activation purchases are not eligible for the Bookfair. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please visit our webpage located here.

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Jun. 9th, 2008 | 05:51 pm
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posted by: bekkio in portus_2008

For five years, HPEF has helped to promote the spread of literacy by producing magical events for fans and scholars. Now it is your turn to help share your love of reading and the Harry Potter novels, just by purchasing your summer reading list at any Barnes & Noble Booksellers the weekend of June 20-22, 2008.

All purchases, outside of textbooks, gift cards, and B&N membership cards, will help support future HP Education Fanon events, include PORTUS in Dallas, LEVEL TWO in San Jose, and INFINITUS at the Universal Orlando Resort. All you need to do is tell the cashier the Bookfair number 310268, or provide the voucher upon checkout. Whether you purchase a mocha and a scone in the Cafe or your third copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a portion of the proceeds will go to help support future HPEF events.

You can also help support the Dallas area charity, LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texas) by purchasing an item off the LIFT Wish List. Any books purchased for LIFT will be used in providing literacy classes to adults surrounding the Dallas area. LIFT was created to address the critical adult literacy issues in Dallas through programs which are accessible to adults at the lowest levels of literacy. With specialized ESL and Family Literacy programs, LIFT focuses on those who would normally be overlooked or ignored in standard educational initiatives. A child’s educational success is greatly increased by a parent who reads and reads with the child. We all know the joy reading Harry Potter has brought to us. Let’s pass that joy on by making a donation of a book to LIFT. Simply call the Arlington Barnes and Noble store on June 20-22 (817-472-7559) to place an order off of the LIFT wish-list.

If you have a meet up group, and would like to host a meet up at a Barnes & Noble the weekend of June 20-22, please send us an email to pr@portus2008.org.

Please pass along this along to your friends, family, and fellow Harry Potter fans. Anyone can help by purchasing during the Bookfair. This is an event they won't want to miss!

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Reminder: The Live Portus Chat is tonight!

Jun. 5th, 2008 | 02:41 pm
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

Countdown the weeks and days until Portus by joining your fellow attendees and the Portus chairs for live chats taking place each month leading up to Portus.

Discuss everything from your best Quidditch strategy to your theory on the deconstruction of magic theology in Book 7. The Portus Live Chats are also a great way to talk to the Portus chairs about the latest programming and ask questions about anything and everything Portus.

The Portus Live chats will be taking place via Yahoo Instant Messenger from 8pm to 10pm Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 19th; Thursday, June 5th; and Tuesday, July 1st.

To participate in the chats, you will need to have yahoo messenger and a username, which you can download for free here: http://messenger.yahoo.com/

The moderator for the chat will have the username of PortusPublicRelations. To join the chat, send an instant message to PortusPublicRelations requesting access to the chat and you will receive a notification inviting you to the chat. Press "Accept" and you'll be chatting with the rest of us in no time!

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Portus Live Chats, please feel free to email us at pr@portus2008.org.

We hope to see you there!

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Reminder: The Live Portus Chat is Tonight!

Jun. 5th, 2008 | 02:39 pm
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008


Countdown the weeks and days until Portus by joining your fellow attendees and the Portus chairs for live chats taking place each month leading up to Portus.

Discuss everything from your best Quidditch strategy to your theory on the deconstruction of magic theology in Book 7. The Portus Live Chats are also a great way to talk to the Portus chairs about the latest programming and ask questions about anything and everything Portus.

The Portus Live chats will be taking place via Yahoo Instant Messenger from 8pm to 10pm Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 19th; Thursday, June 5th; and Tuesday, July 1st.

To participate in the chats, you will need to have yahoo messenger and a username, which you can download for free here: http://messenger.yahoo.com/

The moderator for the chat will have the username of PortusPublicRelations. To join the chat, send an instant message to PortusPublicRelations requesting access to the chat and you will receive a notification inviting you to the chat. Press "Accept" and you'll be chatting with the rest of us in no time!

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Portus Live Chats, please feel free to email us at pr@portus2008.org.

We hope to see you there!

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Book your room for Portus by June 7th!

Jun. 3rd, 2008 | 06:49 pm
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

Portus is only 36 days away and approaching fast! With a month until the festivities begin on July 10th, it seems like plenty of time to procrastinate on booking those hotel rooms. Don't delay! The Hilton Anatole is offering a special room rate for all Portus attendees if booked by June 7th (this Friday). Please visit our group reservation page to book your hotel today. 

Coming early for Snapefest or staying late for the Post-Portus Wrock Party? Don't worry! Guests wishing to arrive early may receive the Portus discount on their hotel room starting July 7th and ending as late as July 16th, based on availability.

Book your room today!

For any questions or concerns, please email us at info@portus2008.org.

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Reminder: The first of the Portus Live Chats is tomorrow night!

May. 18th, 2008 | 05:24 pm
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

Countdown the weeks and days until Portus by joining your fellow attendees and the Portus chairs for three live chats taking place each month leading up to Portus.

Discuss everything from your best Quidditch strategy to your theory on the deconstruction of magic theology in Book 7. The Portus Live Chats are also a great way to talk to the Portus chairs about the latest programming and ask questions about anything and everything Portus.

The Portus Live chats will be taking place via Yahoo Instant Messenger from 8pm to 10pm Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, May 19th; Thursday, June 5th; and Tuesday, July 1st.

To participate in the chats, you will need to have yahoo messenger and a username, which you can download for free here: http://messenger.yahoo.com/

The moderator for the chat will have the username of PortusPublicRelations. To join the chat, send an instant message to PortusPublicRelations requesting access to the chat and you will receive a notification inviting you to the chat. Press "Accept" and you'll be chatting with the rest of us in no time!

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Portus Live Chats, please feel free to email us at pr@portus2008.org.

We hope to see you there!

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A Special Offer and the Portus Website Returns

May. 15th, 2008 | 06:18 am
posted by: bekkio in portus_2008

The TAXMAN brings you our last discount before Portus!

It's May, and owls are flying all over the country dropping off those much desired tax refunds. To celebrate all the extra galleons and sickles being dropped at our doorsteps, we have decided to present you with one last discount before Portus arrives this July! From today through May 31st, enter the code TAXMAN when registering for Portus, and you will receive a 20% discount on full and day registrations. It's the perfect time to give your friend or relative a gift registration for Portus! Act soon before the price freezes at $220.00 for a full registration!

A note from the Minister of Magic:

And... we're back! The Portus Staff thanks you for your understanding and patience while our technology elves brought our website back from the dead. We were fortunate enough to be able to restore our entire site and the forums from a complete server crash.

The month of May brings exciting news about Portus. We are pleased to announce the addition of a complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast on Friday and Saturday mornings to all registered attendees. Do you feel like four days of Wrock just isn't enough? Join Alex of The Remus Lupins, Matt of The Whomping Willows, Christian of Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls, and Jace of Catchlove on the night of Sunday, July 13 for the Post-Portus Wizard Rock Dance party. Admission is just $20 and includes snacks and soft drinks.

Have a burning question? Want to get a head start on the presence of your Portus Pals? Join the Portus Staff and your fellow attendees for our Live Chats Monday May 19th, Thursday June 5th, and Tuesday July 1st from 8 to 10 PM EDT. To participate in the chats, you will need to have yahoo messenger and a username, which you can download for free here: http://messenger.yahoo.com/. To join the chat, send an instant message to PortusPublicRelations requesting access to the chat and you will receive a notification inviting you to the chat. Press "Accept," and you'll be chatting with the rest of us in no time!

Finally, don't forget to book your room at the Hilton Anatole. The fabulous room rate of $155/night is only guaranteed until June 7, 2008.

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The Portal Mini - Food Edition

May. 11th, 2008 | 03:28 pm
posted by: zz_portus in portus_2008

Letter from the Editor

As you might have noticed, our website and forums have been down for the past few weeks. We would like to apologize for this inconvenience and let you know that our tech support elves are working diligently to solve the problem.

Until then, you can stay up to date with the latest Portus news by visiting our official LiveJournal page and by joining our Portus fan LJ to chat with other attendees and ask questions.

Don’t forget! You can still register for Portus and modify your existing registration by visiting our registration page here.

In the meantime, please enjoy this special “Yummy Edition” of the Portal, detailing our new edible additions to Portus’s programming!

Best Regards,
Aziza Aba Butain
Editor-In-Chief






If you have questions or comments concerning the Portus programming, please contact us at info@portus2008.org.

If you have any questions or comments about The Portal or the Portus Previews, please feel free to contact us at portal@portus2008.org.

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